Lawsuit, Disparaging Medical Notes
I had been talking to a lawyer about a lawsuit, and he had told me to get my medical records so that he could look them over. I had my GP’s office order them. I was stunned to read on two of Dr. F’s patient reports, under “mood, affect,” the word “histrionic.” Histrionic? Did he have any idea how much I was suffering?
On one of the dates that this had been reported—April 25—I had been quiet to the point of withdrawn because I had been depressed by my disappointing meeting with Dr. S., an hour earlier. My sister had been with me that day. I called her and asked if I had been histrionic. “No way,” she said. “Your appointment with Dr. F. was only a few minutes long. You were very appropriate.”
I e-mailed K. that I needed to speak with Dr. F. She e-mailed back that Dr. F. does not speak to patients on the phone. We tussled, by e-mail, with K. trying to pry the reason for my need to speak with Dr. F. out of me, and belittling my “personal matter.” Finally, I was given an appointment for June 27.